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  • Herold (Johannes Basilius), 1514-1567

    [Basel], Johann Oporinus, 1556
    This large format woodcut, printed on twenty-one sheets and when assembled (as here) measuring over four metres high, is a family tree of the Wittelsbach dynasty over 1000 years, beginning with the Merovingian King Clovis I (466-511), and culminating with the Elector Palatine Friedrich II (1482-1556) and his wife Dorothea of Denmark. Also shown are the Bavarian and Palatine branches of the house (from Charlemagne to Charles V) and the Electors of the Rhineland Palatinate. Altogether, 934 half-length portraits and coats of arms are depicted. The wood blocks are signed by six draughtsmen or cutters: Jacob Clauser, David Kandel, Zacharias Specklin, Ieremias Wyssenbach, and two unidentified artists, one signing with the monogram HS with a pen or brush, the other with the monogram C with a cross and pen or brush.
  • Herold (Johannes Basilius), 1514-1567

    Basel, Johann Oporinus, 1556
    A spectacularly well-preserved monumental multi-block woodcut, printed on twenty-two large sheets, which when properly assembled as seven tiers of three sheets each, with three emblematical woodcuts joined to make the top border, form a picture surface of roughly 5.42 m2 (height × width: 420.5 × 129 cm, 165 × 51 in). Since their publication in 1556 the sheets have been contained in albums and have not suffered from damage caused by rolling or wall-mounting like other known impressions. The print is a family tree of the Wittelsbach dynasty over 1000 years, beginning with the Merovingian King Clovis I (466-511), and culminating with the Elector Palatine Friedrich II (1482-1556), and features 934 half-length portraits and coats of arms. On three sides is an integral border of arabesque ornament with 82 bust-length medallion portraits of Roman and Byzantine emperors and Sultan Suleiman the Great, each cut on a black ground. The wood blocks are signed by six draughtsmen or cutters: Jacob Clauser, David Kandel, Zacharias Specklin, Ieremias Wyssenbach, and two unidentified artists, one signing with the monogram HS with a pen or brush, the other with the monogram C with a cross and pen or brush. The project was begun at the command of Pfalzgraf Friedrich II (died 1556) but only completed at the urgent command of his successor Ottheinrich. Johannes Herold, who was entrusted with the task, published a small explanatory booklet, of which a copy has been bound in.
  • Scharffenberg (Georg), c. 1525/1530-after 1608

    Wolfenbüttel, Conrad Horn, 1584
    This monumental woodcut printed by forty-two blocks on nineteen assembled sheets (dimensions overall 236 × 91 cm) is a pictorial genealogy of some thirty generations of the Braunschweig-Lüneburg dynasty, displayed in the form of a tree with half-figure portraits of family members hanging like fruit on its branches. At the top is an imposing headpiece of an Emperor flanked by God the Father and His Son, certifying the authority and divine grace conferred upon the family. The print is dedicated to the “newest growth” on the tree, Heinrich Julius von Braunschweig-Lüneburg-Wolfenbüttel (1564-1613), the nineteen or twenty year-old son of the reigning duke. Work on the print commenced in 1582, when Herzog Julius summoned the blockcutter Georg Scharffenberg to Wolfenbüttel, and appointed him “Formschneider” at his court. Besides the impression here described, four other complete and three incomplete or fragmentary impressions can be located.
  • Custos (Dominicus), 1559/1560-1615

    Augsburg, Andreas Aperger, 1618
    A collection of portraits of members of the mercantile and banking dynasty founded by Jakob Fugger (circa 1430-1518), each portrait accompanied by appropriate heraldic insignia, and displayed within an architectural or grotesque frame of impressive quality and size (platemarks 340 × 230 mm). On the versos of the portraits are printed brief genealogical notices apparently supplied by Marcus Henning (1561-circa 1622). The book has been long recognised as a valuable document for the history of costume, especially for women's clothing. Indeed, its most striking feature is the high proportion of women portrayed: nearly half of the portraits in this edition (sixty-two of 127) depict women, the wives and daughters of the Fuggers in nearly equal number.
  • Rosebery (Archibald Philip Primrose), Earl of, 1847-1929

    London, Arthur L. Humphreys, 1910
    (24 cm), xii, 526 pp. Publisher’s cloth. ¶ Exlibris “John Quinn”. Binding lightly stained, front hinge weakening.
  • Ilchester (Giles Stephen Holland Fox-Strangways), Earl of, 1874-1959

    New York, Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1920
    Two volumes (22 cm), xiv (2), 365 (1) pp., frontispiece and [4] plates; ix (3), 391 (1) pp., frontispiece and [4] plates. Uniform publisher’s maroon cloth. - Henry Fox was at various times a lord of the treasury, secretary at war, paymaster general, secretary of state. The author, a descendant of Holland's brother, bases his account on family correspondence, which had been inaccessible to previous scholars. ¶ Frontispieces foxed; otherwise a well-preserved, unmarked copy.
  • Hervey (John), 2nd Baron Hervey, 1696-1743; Sedgwick (Romney), 1894-1972, editor

    London, Eyre and Spottiswoode, 1931
    Three volumes (23.5 cm), lx, 1003 pp. (consecutively paginated), illustrations. Uniform publisher’s blue cloth, top edges gilt. - The previous edition had been prepared by John Wilson Croker from a severely bowdlerized manuscript (London 1848). The discovery of the complete manuscript, among the papers of George III and George IV in the cellars of Apsley House, made possible a collation with the mutilated original at Ickworth, and Hervey’s “Memoirs” are here printed for the first time “without regard to considerations either of decency or dullness”. ¶ Copy 225 of 900 numbered sets. Backs lightly sunned; otherwise a fine, unmarked copy.
  • Lifka (Bohumír), 1900-1987; Colloredo-Mannsfeld (Josef Hieronymus), 1866-1957

    Prague, [for the author], 1936
    (31 cm), 47 (3) pp. Publisher’s wrappers. - Bibliography of the Mansfeld and Colloredo families, including entries for the book collector Peter Ernst I von Mansfeld (1517-1604). Edition limited to 100 copies. ¶ Very good copy.
  • Magnus (Philip Montefiore), Sir, 1906-1988

    New York, E.P. Dutton & Co., 1954
    (22 cm), xiv, 482 pp., [8] leaves of plates, illustrations. Publisher’s red cloth, dust jacket. - The dust jacket identifies this as the “Second printing”. ¶ Short tears in dust jacket, with minor losses; unmarked copy.
  • Halsband (Robert), 1914-1989

    Oxford, Clarendon Press, 1956
    (22 cm), xiv, 380 pp., frontispiece and 13 plates (nos. 2-14). Copyright notice inkstamped by publisher on verso of title-page. Publisher’s cloth, dust jacket (dated “10/56”). ¶ Bookseller’s ticket on lower endpaper: From Jerrold Nedwick | Antiquarian Bookseller | 2013 Prairie Chicago, 16, Ill. Dust jacket worn, with some losses; a good, unmarked copy.
  • Plumb (John Harold), 1911-2001

    Boston, Houghton Mifflin, 1956-1961
    Two volumes (21.5 cm), xv (1), 407 (1) pp., frontispiece and 8 leaves of plates; xi (1), 363 (1) pp., frontispiece and 12 leaves of plates. Uniform publisher’s cloth. - First American editions (printed at the Riverside Press, Cambridge). ¶ Occasional pencil marginalia. Good copies.
  • Sherburn (George Wiley), 1884-1962

    Chicago, University of Chicago Press, 1960
    (22 cm), vii (1), 148 pp., 2 leaves of plates. Publisher’s cloth, dust jacket. - Biography of the illegitimate son of Prince Charles Edward Stuart, the Young Pretender, based on Roehenstart’s personal papers (purchased by the author at Sotheby’s, 8 April 1935). ¶ Very good, unmarked copy.
  • Kemp (Betty)

    London, Melbourne [etc.] & New York, Macmillan / St Martin’s Press, 1967
    (23 cm), ix, 210 pp., [4] leaves of plates (pls.1-10). Publisher’s cloth, dust jacket. ¶ Price clipped from dust jacket; otherwise a fine, unmarked copy.
  • Kay (Richard), 1716-1751

    Manchester, Published for the Chetham Society, by Manchester University Press, 1968
    (22 cm), (8) 179 (1) pp., frontispiece and [2] leaves of plates, folding genealogical tables. Publisher’s cloth binding, dust jacket. - “The Diary is of considerable interest from two points of view. It gives a noteworthy picture of general medical training and practice in the first half of the eighteenth century; at the same time it throws much light on the life and worship of Lancashire Nonconformity in the years that followed the Toleration Act of 1689” (Introduction). ¶ Dust jacket torn, losses; otherwise a good, unmarked copy
  • Churchill (Winston S.), 1874-1965; Commager (Henry Steele), 1902-1998, editor

    New York, Charles Scribner's Sons, 1968
    Four volumes (25 cm), I: xxxiii, 245 pp. II: xvii, pp.246-478. III: xvii, pp.479-668, IV: xvii, pp. 669-983. Numerous illustrations. Publisher’s printed wrappers (paperback). ¶ Bookstore ink price stamp on each half-title; otherwise as new.
  • Derry (John Wesley)

    New York, St. Martin’s Press, 1972
    (23 cm), 454 pp., illustrations. Publisher’s cloth, dust jacket. - First American edition (original London: B.T. Batsford, 1972). ¶ Fine, unmarked copy.
  • Halsband (Robert), 1914-1989

    New York, Oxford University Press, 1974
    (21 cm), xiv (2), 380 pp., [15] leaves of plates. Publisher’s cloth, pictorial dust jacket. - Acclaimed biography of the enigmatic Hervey, Vice-Chamberlain of George II’s household, Privy Councillor, and Whig pamphleteer, one of the eighteenth century’s most colourful figures. “Halsband has avoided the temptation to whitewash Lord Hervey. He has produced a sympathetic portrait, which acknowledges the warts on Hervey’s character and is quite frank about his homosexual and heterosexual adventures and yet which pays tribute to his intelligence and political acumen.” (H. T. Dickinson, in History, volume 60, 1975, p.304). “It is not a book which will be quickly superseded. Before the task needs to be attempted again, Mr. Halsband’s work will be among treasured antiquities – if indeed the printed book itself is not a relic by then” (from a review by Pat Rogers, in The Review of English Studies, volume 25, 1974, pp.477-479). ¶ Ink annotation on lower endpaper and another in margin p.378. Dust jacket torn, minor losses.